T LOunge for March 26th, 2021

Posted on March 26, 2021

W Living Room Bar – Punta Mita, Mexico


It’s FRIDAY, which means today’s LOunge must be absolutely in every way PARTY CENTRAL! Free drinks and huzzahs all around, darlings! We made it! Yay, us.

Anybody else feel like this was the longest week so far this year? Sometimes, they just drag on for centuries, you know? Anyway, chat amongst yourselves, dolls. We’ve got some podcasting to do about some of the weirdness of this week. Enjoy our sumptuous buffet of hand-picked, imported distractions:


Jessica Walter, ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Archer’ Actress, Dies at 80
The sophisticated Emmy winner also starred on the big screen in ‘Play Misty for Me,’ ‘The Group’ and ‘Grand Prix.’
Jessica Walter, the sassy actress who excelled at portraying unhinged types, from the obsessed fan of a radio deejay in Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty for Me to nutty matriarchs on Arrested Development and Archer, has died. She was 80.


Kristen Stewart’s ‘Spencer’ Has Found Its Charles
English actor Jack Farthing will star opposite Stewart as Princess Diana’s first husband, Prince Charles. He’s best known for his role as George Warleggan in the series Poldark and Freddie Threepwood in Blandings. He was also in the 2019 film Official Secrets, starring Keira Knightley.


Kristen Stewart Wears a Copy of Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring in a New Spencer Photo
Here’s your latest sneak peek from the upcoming film.

We’ve been blessed with another photo of Kristen Stewart in character as Princess Diana in the upcoming film Spencer. In a new image shared by Neon today, the actress wears a green-and-red tartan coat over a cream-colored speckled turtleneck, and a feathery blonde wig.
Resting her head on her left hand, she also shows off a replica of the late princess’s engagement ring, which originally consisted of a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire surrounded by solitaire diamonds. Today, the ring belongs to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Her husband, Prince William, proposed to her with it in 2010.


Cindy Sherman on Her First Ever Non-Photographic Works
Since 2019, alongside major retrospectives at institutions such as London’s National Portrait Gallery and Paris’s Fondation Louis Vuitton, she’s been turning the images she posted on her Instagram into tapestries. These are the first non-photographic works she’s created in a career spanning more than 40 years, and nine of them are now on display at the Sprüth Magers gallery in Los Angeles.
The textiles, which are made from fibers including cotton, wool, acrylic and polyester, were produced in Belgium in tribute to the country’s centuries-old weaving traditions. Sherman assumes a different character in each tapestry, transforming herself through clothes, accessories, eye and hair color; through inhabiting different genders and manipulating her facial features.


WTF is an NFT—and Why Should We Care?
First, a $600,000 cat meme, then a $69 million sale at Christie’s. T&C attempts to explain the spectacular rise of NFTs—and what it means for the future of art, culture, everything.

It all started with a cat meme (doesn’t it always?). In February, it was reported that a GIF of a pixelated flying kitten with a Pop-Tart for a body and a rainbow coming out of its derrière had sold in a crypto-marketplace for nearly $600,000. Called Nyan Cat, it was created a decade ago but the owner had finally decided to profit from his viral animation. Then the floodgates opened. A video of Lebron James dunking sold for $208,000. The musician Grimes, a.k.a. Elon Musk’s partner and the mother of their child X Æ A-Xii, sold ten pieces of digital artwork for $6 million. Most recently, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey sold his first tweet—”just setting up my twttr,” published in March 2006—for $2.9 million.


23 Spring Cookbooks We’re Adding to Our Shelves
This season, we’re flipping through Black Smoke, The Arabesque Table, To Asia, With Love, and more.

After a long (and undeniably difficult) winter this past year, we’ve all been looking forward to spring. Sunny skies and longer days, flowers creeping out of the ground, and the promise that summer is finally on the horizon. As the season sets in, so too has an impressive crop of new cookbooks. We started asking our editors back in February to share which books they were excited about—in the end, a list of 23 emerged, spanning early March all the way to mid-June.
The spread includes Simply Julia by Julia Turshen, Rice by Michael W. Twitty, and Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown by Brandon Jew and Tienlon Ho. You’ll also find Reem Kassis’ The Arabesque Table, and Cook, Eat, Repeat by Nigella Lawson, which is making its way stateside in April. There’s a book full of gluten-free recipes, a barbecue book, and a wine book, too. We can’t wait to crack these open and bring them into our kitchens—read on for all 23 books we’ll be diving into this spring.


How the ‘Mank’ Production Designer Re-created Hearst Castle
David  Fincher couldn’t film at William Randolph Hearst’s extravagant location, so production designer Donald Graham Burt built a replica of the legendary San Simeon — with echoes of its portrayal in ‘Citizen Kane’ as Xanadu — on a Los Angeles soundstage.
One of the biggest challenges Mank production designer Donald Graham Burt — recently nominated for an Oscar for his work — faced was that the production was not granted access to Hearst Castle on California’s Central Coast. But interiors and exteriors of William Randolph Hearst’s extravagant estate were needed for key scenes in director David Fincher’s biopic about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, played by Gary Oldman, during the period in which he wrote the screenplay for Orson Welles’ 1941 classic, Citizen Kane.


At Tanabel, Feasts Prepared by Middle Eastern Refugees
Hannah Goldberg’s food-and-events business empowers displaced women, from countries including Syria and Iran, by paying them a living wage while preserving their native food cultures.

In 2017, Hannah Goldberg founded Tanabel, a food-and-events company, in response to the 2016 election. Seeking an outlet for her anger, she had joined a task force at her synagogue devoted to assisting refugees from the Middle East. A culinary-school grad and a professional chef who trained at Jean-Georges and in Europe before a stint in wine and cheese importing, Goldberg organized fund-raising dinners; to support an initiative to supply milk goats to Syrians in a camp in Jordan, she roasted a whole goat. Soon she began hiring refugees to cook with her, building a business around empowering displaced women by paying them a living wage while spotlighting and preserving their native food cultures, including techniques and recipes passed down through their families.


Carbon footprint needn’t just be a scary buzzword: how to calculate yours, and lower it, too
Pretty much everyone has a high carbon footprint, and so there’s nothing you can do about reducing yours, right? Wrong.
Sure, some people have higher footprints than others, but having a high carbon footprint essentially and doing nothing about it means you are contributing more to some of the major long-term problems we face, including climate change and sustainable living.


How It Feels To Be Related To The World’s Most Famous Suffragette, Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst’s great-great-niece Briony Goulden opens up about what it’s like to be related to the suffragette and why it’s important to see historical icons as fallible figures.

I don’t remember having a ‘eureka’ moment on finding out that Emmeline Pankhurst was my great-great-aunt. As a child, I think I was just excited to be related to someone famous. One of my earliest memories is watching Mary Poppins and the mother, Mrs Banks, shouting ‘Hurray, for Emmeline Pankhurst’, and feeling so happy. I grew up hearing stories about Emmeline and felt so proud of what she did for the world, even before I was conscious of what that truly meant.
The Pankhursts have always been a big part of my family’s sense of self. We’re honoured that our relatives had such an important role in winning the vote for women and humbled by their strength of character. As I’ve grown older, I’ve become more interested in their history and read numerous biographies about the family and the Suffragettes. Learning about their lives makes history come to life, especially when I’ve spoken to members of my family who knew Emmeline.


The Crown production designer’s undercover mission at Buckingham Palace
Having been denied access through official channels, Martin Childs carried out his research in the guise of a tourist

Fans of Netflix’s hit historical drama The Crown will know that the opulent settings are key to bringing the world of the Royal Family to life on screen. Yet conducting the research that went into creating such stunning environments was by no means an easy feat, as has just been revealed by the show’s production designer, Martin Childs.


A guy (maybe) found shrimp in his cereal. Then it got dark.
How a tweet about a possible shrimp tail in a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch became a Milkshake Duck.

But then, something else happened that sometimes-but-not-always follows this sort of sudden burst of attention: Karp got Milkshake Ducked. “Milkshake Ducking” is what happens when the entire internet turns its attention to something innocuously fascinating (say, a duck who loves milkshakes) before finding out that, actually, the duck is racist. Sometimes it happens because people search a person’s social media history for racism, sexism, homophobia, or otherwise unacceptable behaviors. With Karp, it was former colleagues and partners who came forth with allegations.


Stairway to Heaven: here are the grandest staircases in Great Britain
From Sandon Hall in Staffordshire to Lord Palmer’s Manderston House in Berwickshire, step up and admire these spectacular constructions

‘The world is like a grand staircase, some are going up and some are going down,’ Samuel Johnson, the great lexicographer once wrote. In which case, these are far and above the staircases we would take the most pleasure in ascending. A grand staircase for making a theatrical entrance is a must in any stately home. Often captured in film, the decorative, stately staircase Kate Winslet descends to meet Leonardo DiCaprio – dressed in her evening finery – aboard the Titanic (in the 1997 adaptation) and, in the Sound of Music, it doubles as the children’s performance space, to sing So long, Farewell ahead of bedtime. Regal wooden bannisters, life size portraits, knights in shining armour – find them all, here.


Want to Go to Europe This Summer? Here Are Your Options
For American travelers hoping to head abroad, answers to questions about which countries they can visit and what the future might hold.

With the number of people in the United States vaccinated against the coronavirus climbing, Americans are starting to explore their prospects for international travel this summer, a season when Europe is traditionally a big draw. Most of Europe has been off-limits to most U.S. citizens for over a year, and the continent is currently grappling with a third wave of coronavirus infections and a surge in new, more contagious variants, making it unclear when its borders will reopen. But some European countries have started to welcome vaccinated travelers, including American tourists, and others are making preparations to ease restrictions in time for the summer season.






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